Ohio State University Football Memorabilia Seized During Local Tattoo Parlor Investigation

Ohio State University Football Memorabilia Seized During Local Tattoo Parlor Investigation

An investigative team from WBNS-10 TV acquired a letter from the U.S. Attorney's office addressed to Ohio State's Associative Vice President, Sandra Anderson. The letter lists all Ohio State Memorabilia seized from Edward Rife, the tattoo parlor owner who allegedly gave discounted tattoos to Ohio State football players in exchange for tickets and memorabilia. Some of these items include game worn helmets, pants and gloves, autographed collectibles, and even a 2003 national championship ring. While the letter does list specific players and which items they allegedly traded or sold to Mr. Rife, most of the players' names have been censored.

The U.S. Attorney's Office has stated that no football players are linked with Mr. Rife's drug trafficking case, but they are asking for Ohio State University's help in contacting the players in case the items seized were wrongfully obtained. Six Ohio State football players will be suspended for part of the 2011 season, while head coach, Jim Tressel is suspended for the first five games.

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